Drinking Water: Extreme Weather Events Threaten Quality, Says Report

The greatest risks to water quality come from cumulative impacts of extreme weather events that happen sequentially, like a drought followed by a wildfire followed by a flood, says joint Australian-US study. As climate change likely increases the frequency of extreme weather events, resilience must be built into the management of watersheds and water treatment systems for recovery to happen. [Sunday Morning Herald]

Report: Society's Water Safety Net Is Fraying

A new National Research Council report examines possible "tipping points" that might occur if the rate of groundwater pumping rapidly increases. As surface water-scarce regions get drier amidst climate change, early warning water and drought monitoring systems could be necessary to protect precious resources. [Circle of Blue]

Climate Change Reflected in Altered Missouri River Flow, Report Says

Climate change has dramatically affected the Missouri River over the past 50 years, reducing the flow in Montana and Wyoming and increasingly flooding North Dakota. The "drought and deluge" scenario for farmers has meant lower crop yields and even less predictability with some losing high-quality irrigation water while others continue to recover from inundated, unworkable fields. [Los Angeles Times]

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Ground Cherries

If you haven't tried ground cherries, you're not alone. These bright yellow-orange beauties wrapped in a papery husk are a niche fruit in the US. Once enjoyed by Native Americans, and later by early American settlers, the sweet ground cherry is under-appreciated today.

Beef Pollutes More than Pork, Poultry, Study Says

Want to reduce your eco-footprint? Eat more bacon! By replacing the beef in your diet with other sources of animal protein, you could significantly curb your environmental impact. According to a new, comprehensive study comparing US environmental costs of different meats and animal proteins, beef outpaces pork, poultry, dairy and eggs many times over. [USA Today]

Mountaintop Removal for Coal Hurts Water Quality and Harms Fish, Study Says

A new study confirms that mountaintop removal mining is harming fish in rivers and streams, indicating that water resources are becoming tainted. Minerals released from within stone blown apart by explosives used in the mining process are changing water chemistry, lowering quality and causing tiny fish prey such as insects, worms and invertebrates to die. [Washington Post]

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